We’re here for all of your cat’s needs!
Here at Cat Doctors, we are so pleased to be able to serve Santa Barbara, California and the surrounding communities.
We truly believe in providing the highest quality veterinary care for your cats. We are excited to be able to offer all of the services we can. We have a wonderful and caring staff who will help you and your cats every step of the way.
It is our goal at Cat Doctors to ensure your cats have healthy lives. However, we are also here whenever they are not feeling well. We will work hard to make sure your cats return to good health quickly.
We offer the following services to give your cats the best care:
Exams & Consultations
Wellness exams are an important part of the overall health experience at Cat Doctors because they allow us to get a baseline on your cat’s health. Once a year (twice a year for senior cats), we’ll have you bring in your cat so we can do a full nose-to-tail exam to check overall health, eyes, ears, nose, throat, mouth, and discuss your cat’s overall health with you.
A wellness examination also includes an evaluation of all of your cat’s major organ systems. We’ll use the wellness visit to ask you questions about your cat’s behavior, appetite, exercise habits, and regular activities at home. This is also an excellent time for us to discuss any routine diagnostic testing that may benefit your pet or to recommend any vaccinations that may be due. If your cat seems healthy, a wellness examination is a good opportunity to note any changes, such as weight gain or loss or other subtle changes that may not be evident at home. Sometimes, information obtained during a wellness examination can help detect early signs of illness and address health issues before they progress.
These exams help us bond with you and your pet and allow us to get to know your pet and learn about his or her lifestyle, personality, health risks, home environment, and other important information. We encourage you to use wellness examinations to take an active role in your pet’s health care.
Internal Medicine & Diagnostics
At Cat Doctors, we are proud to be on the cutting edge of medical technology. We provide your family with the latest devices and techniques to diagnose and treat your cat as quickly as possible. Everything from digital x-rays to an in-house laboratory ensures that your pet receives the best treatment for their situation.
A radiograph (sometimes called an x-ray) is a type of photograph that can look inside the body and reveal information that may not be discernible from the outside. Radiography can be used to evaluate almost any organ in the body, including the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs, as well as the bones.
Our in-house laboratory allows us to perform an array of diagnostic tests that help us care for your pet. This ranges from simple laboratory tests to more complex diagnostic tools that help us in treating your pet.
Did you know that periodontal disease affects nearly all cats by the age of 3 years? It’s true. Your cat’s oral health is just as important as humans. Even better, all of our dental equipment is made specifically for cats, providing optimal results for your pet.
The bacterial infection in the mouth associated with periodontal disease has been associated with heart, liver and kidney disease. This chronic infection also affects general systemic health and is a source of pain and discomfort for the pet. Cats often show no symptoms of periodontal disease, so an oral exam by a veterinarian at least every 12 months is critical. This is why we do a full oral exam on your cat during every wellness visit, and we’ll be sure to provide advice on home care and when it’s time for professional teeth cleaning for your cat.
Even if you think your cat’s teeth and gums are fine, we can offer expert advice to help you keep them that way! Dental health shouldn’t be taken for granted. Fortunately, many dental problems can be managed through at-home care and by bringing your pet to us for regular dental checkups and teeth cleanings.
Preventative care is the best way to promote a cat’s overall health and help keep them healthy over the course of their life. We highly recommend preventative care plans in addition to routine checkups.
This includes things like wellness exams, vaccinations, parasite prevention, and senior pet care. Depending on your cat’s lifestyle, a good mix of these things will ensure they live a long, healthy life.
You and your cat will benefit from our well-stocked pharmacy. We maintain a large inventory of veterinary pharmaceutical products and medications, including flea, tick, and heartworm preventive products. You can rely on us whether your pet requires medication for a chronic medical condition or needs short-term medication while recovering from an illness, injury, or surgery. When you purchase medications from our pharmacy, you can rest assured that your pet’s medications were obtained from safe, reliable sources and stored under optimal conditions. Our trained staff will fill your prescriptions with care as well as attention to detail and your pet’s specific needs. You can count on us to provide you with accurate information about your pet’s medications, including proper dosing information, and to alert you to any potential drug side effects or interactions. We are also here if you experience any problems with your medication after you return home. Help is only a phone call away!
Microchipping your cat is a simple way to protect them should they ever become lost. According to PetFinder, over 10 million pets go missing every year, and one in three pets will go missing at some point in their life.
A microchip is a tiny device that contains unique identifying information about a pet. It is approximately the size of a grain of rice contains a code that corresponds to the contact information of the owner. This allows missing cats to be returned to their rightful home as quickly as possible.
Veterinary hospitals, animal shelters, and animal control offices across the country are equipped with special electronic scanners that can detect the microchip and read the identification number. If a lost pet is picked up by animal control or found by a good Samaritan and presented to a veterinarian, a quick scan of the microchip reveals the identification number. A toll-free phone call to the pet recovery database alerts the microchip company that a lost pet has been identified. The pet owner can then be contacted and reunited with his or her pet!
Worried about the procedure? Don’t worry, it’s simple! It’s placed underneath your pet’s skin between the shoulder blades. Microchip implantation takes only a few minutes and is very safe.
We know that it can be stressful for your cat to come into see us, and this is why we offer in-home care if necessary. If you feel that your cat would benefit from care in your home, please call us. We’re happy to schedule an in-house visit for your cat, so they can get the care they need in the comfort of their home.
Surgery can be a source of anxiety and stress for many pet owners. Maybe you worry about whether your cat will be well cared for, or perhaps you have concerns about adequate precautions and monitoring. Let us address your concerns. Whether your pet needs minor surgery or a complex procedure, call us.
From routine surgical procedures, such as spaying and neutering, to more complex surgeries, we look forward to the opportunity to care for your cat’s surgical needs should the need arise.
Our staff is highly skilled in performing veterinary surgeries and will make every effort to ensure that your pet receives the very best care. Our focus on patient safety, pain management, and employing the most current surgical practices is designed to exceed your expectations and put your concerns to rest.
Sometimes we need to see deep into your pet’s internal system to properly diagnose them. Our hospital is equipped with the latest diagnostic technology to ensure your pet receives a quick and accurate diagnosis.
A radiograph (X-ray) is a type of photograph that looks inside the body and reveals information that may not be discernible from the outside. Radiography can be used to evaluate your pet’s internal organs like the heart, lungs, and abdominal organs, as well as bones.
Both dental and regular x-rays taken at Cat Doctors are digital and can be sent to specialists for further review if necessary.
Your cat’s diet plays a larger role in their overall health than you may think. Not only is important to find the right food for your cat’s overall lifestyle, but it’s also important to monitor their intake and activity levels. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 53% of adult dogs and 55% of adult cats in the US are obese or overweight. 22% of dog owners and 15% of cat owners thought their pet’s weight was normal when they were actually overweight!
Let our team offer guidance and create the best diet plan for your companion.
Many of the diseases that can affect cats are preventable through proper pet vaccinations. Getting your kitty on a proper vaccine schedule early in life is a great way to ensure their longterm health, and protect them from potentially deadly diseases and illnesses.
We recommend and administer PUREVAX vaccinations. PUREVAX feline vaccines help protect cats against a number of diseases, including rabies, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), panleukopenia, and pathogens that commonly cause respiratory disease in cats. The family of PUREVAX vaccines induce an effective immune response without the use of adjuvants that can present potential risks to cats.
Proud to be gold certified!
The Gold Certificate is presented to a practice that “has taken the optimum steps to become a Cat-Friendly Practice by creating a practice that values the feline patient’s distinct needs in both the physical environment of the practice and the way in which medical care is delivered.”
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